915P Chipset Roundup: ABIT AG8, ASUS P5GD2 Premium, and Foxconn 915A01-P

ABIT's AG8 Details & Specs

ABIT's hardware bundle for the AG8 is standard fare: Serial ATA cables for each of the four headers, a USB 2.0/IEEE 1394 PCI header, an I/O shield to fit the board's largely unconventional back plate, a floppy driver disk, and a driver CD.

There isn't much in the way of software, either. ABIT does include its own utility that interfaces with the microGURU hardware coprocessor. Among the utility's abilities, there's the ABIT EQ, a self-diagnostic app that monitors temperatures, voltages, and fan speeds. The OC Guru is a Windows-based overclocking utility that automatically adjusts frontside bus frequencies for immediate overclocking. Interestingly, ABIT decided to put its audio equalizer in the OC Guru menu, as well. The ABIT FlashMenu application allows the user to update the BIOS from within Windows rather than having to start in DOS mode.



Specifications & Features Of ABIT's AG8

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LGA775 CPU Socket
- Designed for Intel
(R)90nm Prescott LGA775 processors with 800/533MHz FSB
- Supports Intel Hyper-Threading Technology

Express Chipset

- Intel 915P / Intel ICH6R Express Chipset
- Supports Hi-Speed Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0)

Flexible Memory

- Four 184-pin DIMM sockets (Un-buffered Non-ECC DIMM)
- Supports dual-channel DDR400/333 (Max. 4GB)

PCI Express x16 graphics
- PCI Express x16 graphics delivers up to 8GBps per direction for 3.5 times more bandwidth than AGP8X at 2.1GBps

PCI Express x1 I/O
- PCI Express x1 I/O offers 500MBps concurrently, over 3.5 times more bandwidth than PCI at 133MBps

- Four ports SATA 150 RAID 0/1, deliver higher performance and data protection
- Supports SATA AHCI, providing native command queuing and native hot plug

Six-Channel Audio
On board Theater-class 6 Channels Audio
- Professional digital audio interface supports auto jack sensing and optical S/PDIF In/Out

IEEE 1394
- Supports three ports IEEE 1394 at 100/200/400 Mbps transfer rate

Gigabit LAN
Onboard GbE Gigabit LAN controller supports 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet

Internal I/O Connectors
- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
- 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
- 2 x PCI slots
- 1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88MB
- 4 x SATA 150 Connectors
- 1 x Ultra ATA 100/66/33 Connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 headers
- 2 x IEEE 1394 headers
- 1 x FP-Audio header
- 1 x CD-IN

Back Panel I/O
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
- 1 x Serial Port connector, 1 x Parallel Port connector
- 1 x Audio connector (Center/Subwoofer, Rear Surround)
- 1 x Audio connector (Line Out, Line-in, MIC-in)
- 2 x USB Connectors, 1 x IEEE 1394 Connector
- 2 x USB Connectors, 1 x RJ-45 GbE LAN Connector

- ATX form factor (305 x 245 mm)


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